Okay, so although the sheer fact that itâ€™s Friday is enough of a reason to bring a smile to my face, itâ€™s not enough to make me happy right down to my core. And plus, Friday only comes around once every seven days. And I donâ€™t want to be happy only one day of the week!
I donâ€™t know about you, but I want to be happy every day (expect the days that I want to maybe be a little sad, because we all need a few of those thrown into the mix every once in a while, and thatâ€™s okay, too)
So, what makes you happy? When was the last time you even asked yourself?
Each week I read an excerpt from Melody Beattieâ€™sÂ Journey to the HeartÂ in my yoga classes, and the page I just so happened to randomly flip to on Tuesday talked about the importance of finding happiness in the everyday.
How often do we really take time out of our busy day, out of our busy lives, to ask ourselves what it is that makes us happy? And even if we do, do we really listen to what our heart answers? I can only speak for myself, but Iâ€™ll admit it is certainly not something that takes place everyday. And certainly not these past few days.
These past few days, instead of figuring out what makes me feel happy, Iâ€™ve been trying to figure out what makes me feel overwhelmed! Although it does make me happy to think I am working towards my goals and dreams, sometimes I feel there is just so much to do and I donâ€™t even know where to begin. And when I allow myself to dwell in that place of uncertainty, if only for a moment, I start to doubt, question, lose faith, lose confidenceâ€¦ itâ€™s a quick and vicious spiral into a place where happiness definitely does not reign.
Itâ€™s great and important and exciting to be working towards something, towards something bigger, but we must take care not to assume thatÂ thingÂ is responsible for bringing us happiness. â€œIâ€™ll be happy whenâ€¦â€ can be a dangerous statement.
If weâ€™re not happy in the here and now, today, chances are weâ€™re not going to be happy regardless of what we may achieve, or what our life may look like tomorrow, either.
So, what is it that makes you happy? What could you do right now that would make you happy? Enjoy a nice cup of tea? A cuddle with your dog, child or grandchild? A walk outside? A phone chat with a girlfriend? An episode of your favourite sitcom? Take the time to do these things. To indulge in these moments of happiness. Theyâ€™re important. After all, these moments are what make up real life.
Ask yourself today, right now, what it is that makes you happy. And really listen to how your heart responds. You may just find that the answer is within reach.
Have a FAB week, everyone!